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2021 Corse Calvi Rouge “E Signurine”

Domaine Maestracci
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Camille-Anaïs Raoust is making her mark at Domaine Maestracci since she took over for her father, Michel, about a decade ago. She is in the midst of a biodynamic conversion that will hopefully give her vines more resilience in the face of the increasingly hot, dry climate in this part of Corsica, and she planted a variety of indigenous Corsican grapes that will begin producing soon. Finally, she has created new micro-cuvées including E Signurine (the ladies in Corsican) to showcase new blends and experiment with different techniques in the cellar. This red, a blend of Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu, and Grenache, has the wild, peppery aromas we love in Corsican reds, along with a slight chewiness that makes it a great match for the bold flavors of grilled lamb chops, falafel, or a burger.

Anthony Lynch

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 35% Niellucciu 35% Sciaccarellu 30% Grenache
Appellation: Corse Calvi
Country: France
Region: Corsica
Producer: Domaine Maestracci
Winemaker: Camille-Anaïs Raoust
Vineyard: Planted in 1979, 1 ha
Soil: Clay, Sand, on Granite
Farming: Biodynamic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

Corsica

map of Corsica

I first set foot on the island in 1980. I remember looking down from the airplane window seeing alpine forest and lakes and thinking, uh oh, I got on the wrong plane. Then suddenly I was looking down into the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean. Corsica is a small, impossibly tall island, the tail of the Alp chain rising out of the blue sea.—Kermit Lynch

Kermit’s first trip to the island proved fruitful, with his discovery of Clos Nicrosi’s Vermentino. More than thirty years later, the love affair with Corsica has only grown as we now import wines from ten domaines that cover the north, south, east, and west of what the French affectionately refer to as l’Île de Beauté.

Corsica is currently experiencing somewhat of a renaissance—interest has never been higher in the wines and much of this is due to growers focusing on indigenous and historical grapes found on the island. Niellucciu, Sciarcarellu, and Vermentinu are widely planted but it is now common to find bottlings of Biancu Gentile and Carcaghjolu Neru as well as blends with native varieties like Rossola Bianca, Minustellu, or Montaneccia.

As Kermit described above, Corsica has a strikingly mountainous landscape. The granite peaks top out above 9,000 feet. The terroir is predominantly granite with the exception of the Patrimonio appellation in the north, which has limestone, clay, and schist soils.The wines, much like their southern French counterparts make for great pairings with the local charcuterie, often made from Nustrale, the native wild boar, as well as Brocciu, the Corsican goats milk cheese that is best served within 48 hours of it being made.

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